Announcing the release of Book Four of Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels: SEARCHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS

Searchlights and Shadows (Book 4 - Garden of Allah novels) Cover

“Searchlights and Shadows”
by Martin Turnbull
Book 4 in the Garden of Allah novels

I am very happy to announce that my next novel “Searchlights and Shadows”
is now available.

The story picks up in January of 1942, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor.


At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home-front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships.

Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and the studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public for the war effort. Marcus Adler is an MGM screenwriter whose latest movie was stolen out from under his whiskey glass, and he’s determined it won’t happen again. He comes up with a sure-fire hit, but his chance to triumph is threatened by a vicious rumor: “Marcus Adler is a goddamned Commie.”

Gwendolyn Brick is the handiest gal with a needle this side of Edith Head. After losing her job at the Cocoanut Grove, she dreams of opening her own dress store. But banks don’t make loans to single girls. However, wartime in L.A. opens the door to an opportunity that will rake in the bucks. But will it be worth the trouble if it drags her back into the orbit of Bugsy Siegel?

At the outbreak of war, the Hollywood Reporter’s circulation starts to shrink like a food rations coupon book. Its lead columnist, Kathryn Massey, realizes she can no longer ignore the obvious: her boss, Billy Wilkerson, is gambling away his fortune—and her future. Could their very survival depend on a place nobody’s heard of called Las Vegas?

In the city of searchlights, suspicions can lurk behind every shadow.


The first chapter is available to read on my website: CHAPTER ONE

Martin Turnbull "Searchlights and Shadows"



Searchlights and Shadows is available in all formats:

Amazon (US) paperback

Amazon (US) Kindle ebook

Amazon (UK) paperback

Amazon (UK) Kindle ebook

Barnes & Noble Nook ebook

Apple iTunes ebook

Kobo ebook

Book Depository paperback (free worldwide shipping)

For more information see the  Searchlights and Shadows page of my website.


And when you have read it (and assuming, of course, that you enjoyed it), if you have the chance and inclination, I’d really appreciate it if you could leave a review on whichever site you bought it.  Just give it the number of stars you think it deserves and perhaps mention a few of the things you liked about it. If you can, that’d be great, but if you’d prefer not to, that’s perfectly fine, too.


Have you read Book One yet?

It’s currently available for FREE in ebook format.

"The Garden on Sunset" by Martin Turnbull

The Garden on Sunset

is available in all formats

More information can be found on my website:


You can also follow me on

Facebook: gardenofallahnovels


And a personal note to everyone who have read The Garden on Sunset and The Trouble with Scarlett and Citizen Hollywood, and took the time to tell me how much they enjoyed it:
Your support has been wonderfully encouraging.
All the best,
Martin Turnbull



Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels, by Martin Turnbull~oOo~

About Martin Turnbull

The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author of a series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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